Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The annual NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) Oxford Workshop took place at Worcester College, Oxford over two days last week, and was a sell out!

DEC Workshop day 1 © Primary Care Health Sciences
DEC Workshop day 1

Aimed at all professionals working on diagnostic tests including those working in industry, academia, research funding and regulatory affairs, the event provided delegates with a variety of talks and workshops on what evidence is needed to obtain regulatory approval, how NICE evaluates new diagnostic technology, how to collect evidence to support adoption in routine clinical practice and different study designs.

The course was lead by Dr Ann Van den Bruel, Director of DEC Oxford, and the tutors included high-profile speakers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI). Dr Van den Bruel said 'It was fantastic to work with this group, they really engaged and were asking lots of critical questions.'

All the slide presentations from the workshop are now available to download from the reports and resources section of the website.

If you'd like to stay informed about the next Workshop, please email

Similar stories

£1.24 million for new medical diagnostics hub

University of Oxford researchers have been awarded £1.24 million to lead a medical diagnostics co-operative that will drive forward the development, evaluation and uptake of new medical diagnostic technologies to improve outcomes for patients in the community.

DEC's first Health Technology for Tomorrow seminar

On Friday 25th November, the Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative launched the first of a series of seminars to explore wearable technologies, imaging devices and digital health related technologies.

General Practice of the Future: New primary care/general practice-centred Innovate UK SBRI call

The latest call from Innovate SBRI has three main focus areas: 1. General practice workload and demand management 2, General practice - diagnostics and earlier triage 3. General practice - self-care Please contact Philip Turner at DEC Oxford if you are developing technology which might address any of these areas and would like to discuss a colllaborative application.

DECisions board game wins a prize!

DECisions, the boardgame which illustrates the evidence gathering and regulatory pathway that diagnostic test must follow in order for the device to be implemented in clinical practice, won first prize in the category 'Most innovative research poster' at this year's OxTalent awards.

DEC Oxford researchers contribute to Lord Jim O'Neill's Review on Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance and the threat of 'superbugs' recently hit the headlines. Researchers from DEC Oxford contributed to the paper which you can read in full below.